Welcome Address of the DOG President

On behalf of the DOG, the President of the DOG, Professor Dr. Johann Roider, cordially invites you to attend the DOG 2014. This year, the annual congress has the modern Congress Center Leipzig as its venue. “Qualification: Our Commitment” is the central theme of the attractive congress program.

Dear Colleagues,

It is a great pleasure for me to invite you to attend the congress of the DOG, the German Society of Ophthalmology, in Leipzig. With the motto “Qualification: Our Commitment”, I would like to point out that the rapid progress which our profession has undergone in the past 50 years can only endure if it is secured, developed and passed on to the next generation. This is the goal of our Congress.

It is the third year that the congress is being held in Leipzig. Every change involves risks and opportunities. I am particularly pleased that the Leipzig location has been well received both in respect of the abstract applications and of the industrial events. This year the Congress will again offer a highly topical and attractive program. With proven and new program points we want to take into account the needs of all groups that are active in the field of ophthalmology: clinicians, practicing colleagues, junior doctors, basic scientists, clinical researchers and employees of the industry.

Especially proven elements were adopted. Thus, care was taken in the poster presentations that lively discussions could take place using headsets. For the second time the “DOG-Update – State of the Art 2014” will be offered. The complete training program, which had its premiere last year and met with broad resonance, allows practitioners and colleagues to inform themselves of the essential facts and trends in the field of ophthalmology in a very short time.

New this year is the “DOG-Kontrovers” format. Here we would like to put topics that are much discussed at the time among clinicians under the microscope by presenting opposing points of view. Another element is the “Device Symposium” in which end users and manufacturers present their experience or their product. This year we shall deal with the subject of “retinal laser devices”. Furthermore, I would like to draw particular attention to our “Geriatric Symposium”, which takes into account the current trend to increasing aging of our society. The DOG is dedicated to this subject for the first time in the form of a symposium.

I hope that there will be a broad response to this Congress and I look forward not only to critical and intensive discussions but also to social gatherings and I am pleased to welcome you all in Leipzig.

Johann Roider